CONNOR L. GILCHRIST
While serving as the foundation’s President, Connor has also attended the University of Maryland University College for a degree in Graphic Communications where he graduated Cum Laude. Having graduated with a cumulative GPA of 3.8, Connor had been listed on the Dean’s List for twelve consecutive semesters and is a member of Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, the National Society of Leadership and Success and the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. He has also attended Rotary Youth Leadership activities in 2013. He spent early childhood in Europe while his father served in the U.S. Army. Connor has volunteered in the reconstruction efforts of a medical center in Haiti as part of a church ministry. Immediately upon graduating high school in 2011, he gained exposure to the fields of Marketing and Digital Animation during four-years of employment in a Maryland-based telecommunications company. He now works as a Graphics Designer at a biotech firm in Frederick, Maryland.
James A. Mills
Jim is a retired U.S. Army and Marine Corps veteran. In addition to his duties as the Sage Hawk Foundation’s Vice President, his life has been marked by dedication and service – first for his country, then for his community. Jim has been a member of the Hagerstown, Maryland Rotary Club, the local Fort Ritchie Community Center, and serves as the current Exalted Ruler of the Hagerstown, Maryland Elks Lodge #378. As Exalted Ruler, he works coordinating club membership, Americanism projects, entertainment, community grants, supporting veterans, children and seniors. His relentless work for “Toys for Tots” has collected over $34,000 and 43,000 toys for 3800 children which has been a labor of love and joy for him. He has also served in the Washington County Leadership Class of ‘27 in 2014, ushering in the next generation of leaders.
Sandy L. Mills
Sandy’s life has been one of selfless giving and indefatigable service. Her professional experience as Administrative Assistant at Vika, Inc. a civil engineering company located in Germantown, Maryland makes her a vital asset to the Sage Hawk Foundation in the position of Board Secretary. In addition to her full-time duties at Vika, she has also volunteered for 5 years as an Assistant Coordinator for the Marine Corps “Toys for Tots” program. Her duties there include year-long event coordination, managing toy donations, and completing registration for families who need help during the Christmas season. She is the mother of two grown children and a grandmother of a beautiful granddaughter. Sandy is also a member of the Hagerstown Elks Lodge #378 and volunteers her time there supporting lodge activities.
Director of the Osage Region
Donna brings a multitude of incredible talent to Sage Hawk and is a powerhouse of energy. Not only has she worked closely with the Osage Nation, she also worked in schools and community agencies teaching nutrition, financial and anti-bullying programs. She recently retired from her job as the Osage County Oklahoma State University Extension Coordinator, where she worked with, and continues to be involved with Family and Consumer Sciences and 4-H County Extension Director as well as serving on Hunger, Jobs and Employment, and Risky Behavior teams. She is also on the board of directors for the Osage County Health Improvement Organization.
caroline a. hutchison
Director of Communications
Originally hailing from Drummond Island, Michigan, Caroline is the newest member of Sage Hawk team! She is an avid social media consultant and video production specialist. As talented as she is, what really sets Caroline apart is her unparalleled tenacity, enthusiasm, focus and love of a challenge. She enjoys travelling, getting back to her “YOOPER” roots of the upper peninsula of Michigan for some hunting, playing golf and having fun with her kids. A fitness enthusiast, she's also a coach at Independent Beachbody! Her professionalism, marketing and communication skills are formidable, making her a valuable asset to Sage Hawk. Caroline will help bring Sage Hawk to the next level in helping Native America.
Founder & Executive Director
Jeff is a retired veteran and a father of two grown children and is a grandfather. Graduating with an Associates in Electronics Technology in 1982, he joined the Air Force where he worked as an Inertial Navigation Systems technician on the Air Force’s E-3A Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) at Tinker AFB, Oklahoma. After leaving the Air Force, he spent 2 years as a civilian electronics technician working on the Multiple Launch Rocket Systems for the U.S. Army in Camden, Arkansas. Two years later he joined the Army on active duty and became trained in military Satellite Communications and worked for the Army’s Space Command in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Once assigned to Europe, Jeff became the Information Assurance Manager (IAM) of cyber security operations for the Director of Information Management for the 39th Signal Battalion. When he retired from the U.S. Army in 2005, he worked as a Cybersecurity Certification and Accreditation Analyst for the FBI, the Director of Information Systems Administration, the Library of Congress and the Office of Personnel Management. He now devotes his time to his love of the Native American community.